BALTIMORE (AP) — Tanner Houck threw six innings of one-hit ball and the last-place Boston Purple Sox earned a break up within the four-game collection towards the AL East champion Baltimore Orioles with a 6-1 victory Sunday within the regular-season finale.
The Orioles have home-field benefit all through the American League playoffs and can host a Division Sequence opener beginning Oct. 7.
Houck (6-10) didn’t permit successful till Anthony Santander singled up the center with two outs within the sixth. Houck had six strikeouts and three walks on 87 pitches.
Boston completed 78-84, the identical file as final yr.
Baltimore supervisor Brandon Hyde needed to maintain his group wholesome and rested for the playoffs and used eight pitchers within the sport.
Kyle Bradish, who might begin Sport 1 of the Division Sequence, threw two scoreless innings with 5 strikeouts.
The Purple Sox took benefit of a few miscues for a 2-0 lead within the third off Danny Coulombe (5-3). Third baseman Jordan Westburg couldn’t deal with a throw by James McCann on a double steal that allowed Enmanuel Valdez to attain. Shortstop Gunnar Henderson then bobbled a pointy grounder by Rafael Devers that gave Boston its second run.
Devers was credited along with his a centesimal RBI of the season.
Henderson’s second error on a gentle grounder by Reese McGuire allowed two extra runs to attain off Cionel Pérez within the seventh. Trevor Story and Wilyer Abreu adopted with RBI singles that boosted the result in 6-0.
Solely one in every of Boston’s six runs was earned.
Adley Rutschman had an RBI single within the eighth that helped the Orioles keep away from their tenth shutout of the season.
Baltimore completed 101-61, tied with the 1971 group for the fourth-most wins in a single season in membership historical past.
Baltimore went 7-6 towards Boston this yr.
Orioles: LHP Cole Irvin was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and Bruce Zimmermann was optioned to the Tides, who gained the Triple-A Nationwide Championship on Saturday.
Hyde has not introduced a starter for Sport 1 of the AL Division Sequence. The Purple Sox season is over.
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